Classic Flat Felled Seam

This is the classic seam associated with denim, particularly when it comes to jeans.  It’s really deceptively easy to do. … More

finished button hole

Narrow Bound Button Holes

I love bound button holes. They’re beautiful beasties. The problem is, I don’t like fat bound button holes with a … More

repeating the stitch to create a row of squares

The Square Chain Stitch

According to my handy-dandy stitch dictionary, this is also called the “open chain stitch” or “Roman chain stitch”. This is … More

blanket stitch continued around edge

Blanket Stitched Edging

This is a really nice looking edge finish. It’s decorative and fully sealed. It shows up all throughout the ages … More

decorative knots spaced in an edge stitch

Making Decorative Knots

This is a very basic embroidery technique that will serve you well. It’s sometimes called a french knot or a … More

Stay stitching.

Stay Stitching

“Stay Stitch inside the seam allowance” is a fairly common instruction in patterns.  Generally, stay stitching is used to make … More

Finished eyelets, front side shown.

Hand-worked Eyelets

Hand working an eyelet with a buttonhole stitch is surprisingly fast and easy.  Hand-worked eyelets are strong, easily sizable, don’t … More

Finished Bias Bound hem, front and back

Bias Bound Hem

This is fast way to make a fully finished hem, using commercial Double Fold Bias Tape.